Most of my friends know that I am a noodle lover. I love to eat noodles. Instant noodles serve as comfort food to myself as well as most Singaporeans, helping us tide through hectic schedules and late nights. So how could I not visit Singapore’s first instant noodle-themed experiential playground which offers visitors a quirky setting at its interactive spaces and murals?
The theme is straightforward. Called The Slurping Good!, the two-level playground will feature 13 interactive exhibits and a merchandise store selling noodle-themed goodies. Each exhibit represents the different ingredients that go into a cup noodle.
If it is anything like the other themed playgrounds, this will probably be a great chance to add some eye candy to your IG feeds. In a way, it’s also a good remedy for the wanderlust blues since this will probably remind some of the Cup Noodles Museum in Japan but with a local twist. Indeed, the visit to Slurping Good! brought me back the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka. If you cannot remember what it looked like, click here to read my blog in October 2015 about my visit to the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka.
The first floor of the playground leads visitors to ‘A Slurping Good! Adventure’ – a path that allows them to walk through a noodle archway and discover different kinds of noodles while choosing the ingredients to pair with them.
We all know that instant noodles, while already good on their own, taste even better when paired with other ingredients such as egg, ham, and topped with a handful of spring onions.
You get to choose your preferred method of cooking eggs. From hard to soft boiled, scrambled to fried, you get to vote for your favourite way to have eggs at this exhibit by placing an egg into one of four voting stations.
This Bacon Room exhibit is decorated with neon lights and tiled flooring reminiscent of an American diner. You can pose with a giant can of harm.
3. Seafood Room
Over here, you can relax and take a seat on the giant crab stick bench. You will see ocean-themed wallpapers draped with fishnets and toy crabs.
It is important to have a serving of vegetables with every meal to make it healthy overall. Veggie lovers can take some shots in front of the veggie mural with botanicals and vegetables. This section also features a highly debated ingredient – Coriander. Love it or hate it, this is one iconic ingredient that definitely has to be mentioned when talking about instant noodles. Visitors with opposing views can battle it out through a game of tic tac toe.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be stirred in a giant pot of noodles? Neither have I – until I sat on the giant swing in the What’s Cookin’ exhibit. Swing inside a pot of ramen here! With enough space to accommodate three people, you can take a quick respite here before checking out the rest of the playground.
Cheese lovers will know how well a slice of cheese elevates any bowl of instant noodles regardless of the flavour. Visitors can take a fun shot with the giant cheese block and surrounding cheesy background.
Chu Qian Yi Ding 出前一丁 slide
No playground is truly complete without a slide. Those seeking some thrill and adventure can explore the noodle slides at this slider. Featuring both an adult and a kid-sized slide, those visiting with their kids can have fun with the little ones at the same time.
Dream Cup Noodles
Over here, you will see a gigantic statue measures at least 1.7m tall. Some of us can get into long debates over what is the best cup noodles flavour. Is it the classic chicken flavour, or the more exotic ones such as squid ink and Korean army stew? Either way, if you find yourself craving a specific flavour, you can pen it down and share it with other visitors at the Dream Cup Noodles area.
Make your way to the second floor and you’ll be immediately greeted by a wall showcasing 93 different Nissin Cup Noodles. As its name implies, the Noodle Lab is where you try your hand at crafting the ultimate cup noodles.
Some noodles displayed at the Noodle Lab include Myjojo noodles, Shin Ramyun, and Chu Qian Yi Ding among others. Other instant noodle cups featured were imported from Japan and cannot be found anywhere else in Singapore, including places like Don Don Donki. Can you spot your favourite cup noodle on the wall?
Shop till you drop at the noodle-themed retail area
The themed playground ends at the second level with the merchandise section, where visitors can purchase instant noodle-themed items such as tote bags and blankets, along with curated retail products like hand sanitisers and accessories from local brands.
Slurping Good! is open from 25 September 2021 and run till 30 January 2022 located at Tekka Place, 2 Serangoon Road. Tickets are priced at $21 each and include a tote bag, vouchers, and claw machine tokens for use for a chance to win more goodies or Lazada e-vouchers. You can purchase your tickets here.
I went home with a whole new appreciation for the humble cup noodle. It is a heaven for noodles lovers, although I cannot be very sure it would be a slurping good experience for you, but it will leave you hankering for a scrumptious bowl of noodles by the end of it !